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Topic # 164390 8-Feb-2015 10:03
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Hi,

I did a couple of searches on this site, the two threads I found are a little old now and likely no longer relevant. 

I am heading to Japan in May for three weeks and looking for a way to handle my data/voice requirements:

1. Ability to google map at any time, look up a few things - maybe 1gb over the whole 3 weeks? (I will do 99% browsing/news/geekzone on laptop on wifi in the evenings.)
2. Wife might use max 20 minutes voice calling (local/tolls around Japan - no international) over the three weeks.


We both have Samsung Galaxy III phones, mine the old I9300, hers the I9305 - so, a pre-paid Sim card with a 1 month plan similar to NZ would be ideal ( X mins, 1gb data and .. etc)

Failing that we'd be fine buying a phone with a pre-paid sim, and just top it up once a year when we're over there.


The Japan plans/sites are a minefield, and I am trying to translate via very non-tech wife - so I am hoping someone might have already done the research and can offer some uptodate advice?

Thanks.


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  Reply # 1232836 8-Feb-2015 10:44
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As a foreigner buying a SIM card is next to impossible in Japan so forget that as an option. Hiring a 3G or WiMAX hotspot is extremely popular, and you can get these for probably NZ$5 per day.

I just roam on Vodafone when I'm over there, I think I used 2 x 200MB data packs in the 2 1/2 weeks I was there last year.







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  Reply # 1232866 8-Feb-2015 12:24
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You can't buy a SIM card there - you should probably just hire a mobile hotspot for wifi sharing - I think they hire these at the airports. Use Skype etc. for calling.





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  Reply # 1232872 8-Feb-2015 12:39
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As above getting a SIM card in Japan is not easy, I think you need to hire them at the international airport when you arrive



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  Reply # 1232916 8-Feb-2015 13:54
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I think we solved the voice part of the requirements - we're just going to borrow grandma's mobile phone for the three weeks - its only for the odd call or an emergency.

As for the data - I think we'll take the tablet and take up the mobile hotspot advice, we've found a couple around the $5 a day mark that will work for us.

Cheers all.


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  Reply # 1233020 8-Feb-2015 17:50
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I would recommend these guys:
https://www.econnectjapan.com/
They rent sim cards and hotspots. Just don't go near the "low speed 300k unlimited" plan. Its slower than dial up and feels like like sharing a 300k pipe with a hundred people. Semi usable after 11pm however.
They offer unlimited Y!Mobile (previously EMOBILE network) hotspots for use in cities, and NTT DoCoMo 1gb/3gb data sims for use everywhere.



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  Reply # 1233074 8-Feb-2015 19:12
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eXDee: I would recommend these guys:
https://www.econnectjapan.com/
They rent sim cards and hotspots. Just don't go near the "low speed 300k unlimited" plan. Its slower than dial up and feels like like sharing a 300k pipe with a hundred people. Semi usable after 11pm however.
They offer unlimited Y!Mobile (previously EMOBILE network) hotspots for use in cities, and NTT DoCoMo 1gb/3gb data sims for use everywhere.


Oh great - thanks heaps. I've looked at dozens of websites and that's the first one that I can follow easily.

Our tablet is on the compatible list too. Those prepay 1gb/3gb sims, they don't mention the speed specifically, but the next card states its 300k unlimited use, so I hope the 1 or 3gb will be full speed of sorts, but once you run out of juice you're done, type deals.

Thanks again.



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  Reply # 1233111 8-Feb-2015 20:08
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Same in China lol. So hard to buy a SIM card there. I just bought a 1GB SIM Card off ebay and that worked pretty well. However I ran out of data a bit too quick lol!




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